Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) started the IPL 2021 season in red hot form, as they had registered five wins in their seven matches. However, the tournament was suspended midway, after a few players tested positive for covid-19.
RCB were placed third on the points table, before the league was suspended. The franchise had made some good recruitments at the auction, and were looking a much better side. Irfan Pathan reckons that Virat Kohli will be happy with his team’s performance this around.
“If you talk about this season, Virat Kohli the captain will be happier than Virat Kohli the batsman,” said Irfan Pathan. “The way the entire team has responded, the way the combination of Virat Kohli and Mike Hesson has worked, and the hard work they put in for the auction,” Pathan added.
The former Indian pacer also heaped praise on the new acquisitions made by the franchise. Harshal Patel was the standout bowler for the side, picking up 17 wickets in just seven games. Glenn Maxwell had two half-centuries to his name this season, and was at his attacking best.
“They had gone after Maxwell. Before the auction, in the trading also they put in a lot of effort. We have spoken about Harshal Patel but they got Daniel Sams also, which means they thought if they had got the opportunity to play in Bangalore, the left-arm pacer Daniel Sams will be useful although he did not come of use. Harshal Patel did all the work,” Pathan further said.
Irfan Pathan added that RCB fans will be a little disappointed after the tournament was suspended, as their top guns were in fine form. The former pacer believed that this year could have been the one, where RCB finally lifted their maiden IPL title.
“Where the tournament has stopped, the RCB fans will be a little disappointed because AB de Villiers was in good form, Maxwell was in good form, the team was doing very well, the bowling was very good,” Irfan Pathan said.
“It was about to be ‘Ee Sala Cup Namde’ for them, at least from the fan’s perspective, so it is expected that they will be a little disappointed but it has been a good year for them till now,” he concluded.